In his Pulitzer Prize winning book Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joseph J. Ellis has written about six events that focus on issues foremost in the minds of eight people: John and Abigail Adams; Aaron Burr; Benjamin Franklin; Alexander Hamilton; Thomas Jefferson; James Madison; and George Washington. His goal is “to write a modest-sized account of a massive historical subject” and to make “accessible the generation capitalized as Founding Fathers.” Ellis is a masterful writer and historian; he illuminates the subtleties of the individuals and the circumstances as well as setting the wider context that obtained. Our text is Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Vintage Books, 2000). We will read four of the six chapters, each about 40 pages in length. Please join us in deepening our understanding of our country’s founders and its earliest days.